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Bid Writing Workshop

Putting together a winning bid to a funder/commissioner is a demanding task. 

This workshop looks at how the process works and the principles that underpin it and will help to craft a bid that is convincing, realistic and comprehensive.

What will I learn?

At the end of the course participants should:

  • Understand the commissioning process.
  • Have an understanding of the work needed to prepare for bids.
  • Know how to present their ideas.
  • Be able to develop and draft effective bids.

Trainer profile

Alan Lawrie is an established consultant specialising in strategy and business planning.  He is the author of five books on different aspects of managing voluntary organisations.  He has worked with several commissioners and voluntary agencies throughout the commissioning and bid writing process.

Who should attend?

Staff involved in developing or drafting bids to larger funders/commissioners and governmental bodies.

Benefits to you

A practical session packed with material to use in real life situations.

Tuesday 8th March 2022

10.00 am – 1.30 pm (3.5 hours) 

The course will be held online using Zoom


  • £45 per person for OCVA Members
  • £60 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £75 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal). If you do not use Paypal then contact training@ocva.org.uk to request an invoice.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

OCVA Members
£ 45.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 60.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 75.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Tuesday 8th March 2022

Time: 10.00am – 1.30 pm (3.5 hrs)

Cost:  £45 – £75

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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